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Ephesus Small Group Day Tour from Kusadasi

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Kusadasi, Turkey
Ephesus Small Group Day Tour from Kusadasi

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Ephesus is one of Turkey’s most impressive ancient sites but with over 2 million annual visitors it can get crowded. Ensure a more personalized experience with this small-group tour from Kusadasi and enjoy a comprehensive itinerary that includes UNESCO-listed Ephesus; the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary spend her final years; the site of the Artemis temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; and the Isabey Mosque.
  • Full-day small-group tour of Ephesus from Kusadasi
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Ephesus including the Odeon and the Celsus Library
  • See the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Visit the House of Virgin Mary and Isabey Mosque
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, lunch, and entrance fees
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience
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Lunch
Local guide
Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
All Fees and Taxes
Air-conditioned vehicle
Drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
- From Kusadasi are usually from 8.00 AM to 09.00 AM.
- From Selcuk are usually from 9.00 AM to 09.30 AM.
- Pick up times may vary depending on a) your pick up point b) how many other additional people/pick up points we have that day. This means the final pick up time will be decided 1 day before.
- IT IS IMPORTANT that you contact our pick up operator to find out your final pick up time.

Ports

  • Kusadasi Ege Port (International)


Departure Time

8:30 AM
Your tour begins with an early morning pick-up from your central Kusadasi hotel by air-conditioned coach. On the short drive to Ephesus, listen as your guide fills you in on the history of the ancient city, which was once the Roman capital of Asia Minor and at its peak between 1 AD and 2 AD.

On arrival, follow your guide and small-group of no more than 15 people around the UNESCO-listed ruins, pausing to admire archeological wonders such as the Temple Of Hadrian, the magnificent Celsus Library, and the Great Theatre, which seats up to 24,000 people. Learn more about life in ancient Roman times as you peek into the Public Latrines and Roman Baths, stroll around the Agora, and walk down the grand marble-paved Arcadian Way.

Continue to the House of the Virgin Mary, perched atop the Bulbul Mountain, where Mary is alleged to have spent the final years of her life. Head inside to see the shrine of the Virgin Mary, and perhaps drink from the spring, said to possess healing qualities.

Pause for lunch (included) at a local restaurant and tuck into some delicious Turkish cuisine, before continuing to nearby Selçuk to admire the Isabey Mosque, an exquisite example of Seljukian architecture. There’s just time for one more stop before the return journey – to the site of the Temple of Artemis, which was once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

After a full day uncovering Turkey’s ancient past, return to Kusadasi, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
The House of the Virgin Mary (or Meryem Ana Evi in Turkish) is a place where, according to the beliefs of many people Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent the last years of her life. She was supposed to arrive at Ephesus together with St. John and lived there in the years 37-45 CE until her Assumption (according to Catholic doctrine) or Dormition (according to Orthodox belief).
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ancient City of Ephesus
Of Turkey's hundreds of ancient cities and classical ruins, Ephesus is the grandest and best preserved. Indeed, it's the best place on the Mediterranean to get a feel for what life was like in ancient times. Ancient Ephesus was a great trading city and a centre for the cult of Cybele, the Anatolian fertility goddess.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
The great theater of Ephesus is a splendidly preserved and very impressive building. This structure, built of marble, has a width of 145 meters, and its audience once reached up to 30 meters. In its heyday, it could accommodate up to 24,000 spectators. The construction of the theater began in Hellenistic times.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Temple of Artemis
Temple of Artemis (or Artemision), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In an empty field to the west of the centre, this lone reconstructed pillar is all that remains of the massive Temple of Artemis (or Artemision) At its zenith, the temple counted 127 columns.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Odeion
The Odeion of Ancient Ephesus is a small, semi-circular theater originally constructed in the 2nd century A.D and financed by PubliusVedius Antonius and his wife FlaviaPaiana. The building would have served as a space for political meetings, social events, concerts and theatrical performances.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Temple of Hadrian
This temple dedicated to the Emperor Hadrian is considered one of the best preserved and most beautiful structures on Curetes Street. It was constructed in the beginning of the 2nd century AD by P. Quintilius to celebrate Hadrian visiting the city from Athens.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bibliotheque de Celsus
This magnificent library dating from the early 2nd century AD, the best-known monument in Ephesus, has been extensively restored. Originally built as part of a complex, the library looks bigger than it actually is: the convex facade base heightens the central elements, while the middle columns and capitals are larger than those at the ends. Facade niches hold replica statues of the Four Virtues. From left to right, they are Sophia (Wisdom), Arete (Goodness), Ennoia (Thought) and Episteme (Knowledge).
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Isa Bey Mosque
Isabey mosque was built in a post-Seljuk/pre-Ottoman transitional style, when Selcuk was capital of the Aydin Emirate. An inscription in Arabic above the main entrance states that it was built in 1375.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Alaturka Ephesus
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Ephesus trip
paulkM2578FU
, May 2019
This trip to Ephesus and the Virgin Mary's home were some of the highlights of my trip to Turkey. Transfers, guide etc. were professionaly done, bus was confirmable and lunch was really good. The big downside of this trip was the stops at a carpet showhouse and then a leather showhouse where the items were been forced on you and were very expensive. If i had want to buy a carpet or expensive leather jacket i would go to the shops myself. if these stops were deleted from this tour i would have given this 5 out of 5.
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Value for Money at Ephesus
Alan M
, May 2019
Excellent small group trip with an excellent, knowledgable English speaking guide. It was a long day, well cramed with things to see and do, the main event being Ephesus. We also went to a carpet making factory and was given a was given fashion cat walk to model leather made into beautiful jackets. To break the day up, we had a lovely outdoor lunch on the lawn at a local restaurant. As I said, Ephesus was the main event and it did not disappoint, covering a vast area, as we walked among the ruins, given knowledge as we went. A well spent £35 for all of this, including a pick up and return to the hotel.
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The tour was fantastic. Our guide...
Benjamin B
, May 2016
The tour was fantastic. Our guide was lovely and spoke very good English. We found out we were thr only two people on the tour so we had a private day tour at Ephesus which was incredible. Truly good value for money and the lunch was scrumptious!! Thank you for an awesome day!

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